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Frictional Games (SOMA, Amnesia) begin teasing something new

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Frictional Games, the developer behind some scary games like SOMA, Penumbra and Amnesia seem to have started teasing that a new game is coming.

The "Next Frictional Game" website they've historically used to tease new titles, has remained dormant for years with a message of "Our next project has not yet been announced." after the release of SOMA back in 2015. However, at some point after November 28th (the last recorded snapshot) last year it all changed.

Now, it has a repeating short video showing something pulsing. What though? I've no idea. Looks almost like a really early fetus perhaps? It's probably going to be something terrible we have to deal with or run away from once again.

Exciting, as Frictional have been a very long supporter of Linux gaming. They put their games on Linux like Penumbra way before most did, back a good while before Steam on Linux was a thing.

Begin your wild speculation and prepare you fresh pants, it's likely going to be another scary game considering that's what they seem to always do.

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Eike 6 Jan
I'll keep saying how incredible SOMA was, and that I recommend it even for people who are not into horror games (it's got some "safe mode") until I'm banned from this site or burried.

NeoTheFox 6 Jan
Yeah, some was on a whole other level, but I loved their games since Penumbra series. Consider me hyped, it's gonna be interesting to see what they cooked up.
Kors 6 Jan
Thank God, at last!
It will be an instabuy as soon as they launch on Linux.
Xpander 6 Jan
Hopefully its something like SOMA was. Truly amazing game! Amnesia and Penumbra series are great also, but story wise kind of meh imo. SOMA was the real experience, not so horror ofc, but story and the atmosphere was spot on imo.
Eike 6 Jan
Quoting: NeoTheFoxYeah, some was on a whole other level, but I loved their games since Penumbra series. Consider me hyped, it's gonna be interesting to see what they cooked up.

Somehow unfortunately, I stared with Amnesia, which, while far from being perfect, was an amazing experience. I couldn't get into Penumbra anymore after that.
fractal 6 Jan
Looks like a loop of asteroid photos taken by a probe. SOMA had mankind go extinct due to an impact event.

Coincidence? I think not. :O

Their games usually get sequels and SOMA was well received, so I assume it will be something related.
Eike 6 Jan
By the way, because I saw the tag "indie game".
Would SOMA qualify as indie?
Liam Dawe 6 Jan
Quoting: EikeBy the way, because I saw the tag "indie game".
Would SOMA qualify as indie?
Why wouldn't it? Frictional developed and published it themselves.
Patola 6 Jan
I am absolutely thrilled. I played all their games and even the third-party Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (by Chinese Company -- not a very good game but passable). It's practically an inconditional purchase for me, they always offered an outstanding experience.

BTW recently I played a proton game that is very much like SOMA if anyone would like to scratch that itch: Narcosis It's not very well rated but I assure it's a delightful experience -- and it is very cheap specially on sales. The cumbersome controls of the game are meant to be this way, it's part of the oppressive, claustrophobic experience.

Last edited by Patola on 6 January 2020 at 12:58 pm UTC
Desum 6 Jan
Soma would have been as good of a book as it was a game. Take that as praise or not depending on how much you like reading.
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